June 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM ET
The likeness may not be immediately apparent, but George Clooney is the best man in Hollywood to play Bill Clinton, according to the former president himself.
On Thursday, the 42nd president sat down on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” with guest host Harvey Weinstein and discussed a range of issues including marriage equality and the economy. But before diving into those tough topics, the film-studio head had a few questions dealing with his own strong suit: movies.
The former president’s favorite film? The Academy Award-winning 1952 Western “High Noon.”
“I bet I’ve seen it 25 or 30 times,” noted Clinton. “The only other movie like that in my life that I'd just see over and over and over again and never get tired of is ‘Casablanca.’ ”
Then the harder question came.
“Now if I were to make a movie about your life, who would you want?” the Weinstein Co. co-chairman asked. “And don't worry you can name any actor. We won't tell anybody.”
When Clinton deferred, Weinstein pitched Brad Pitt and Clooney. Clinton said no for Pitt (“too good looking”) but Clooney got the OK.
“He’s good looking, but, you know, you could put bulbous things on his nose and you could do makeup with him,” joked Clinton.
As for who would play his wife and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the ex-president didn’t falter. "Meryl Streep."
While it would take some clever makeup to transform Clooney, the Oscar-winner wouldn’t be the first to channel the once president. Dennis Quaid played him in the 2010 HBO film “The Special Relationship,” and Darrell Hammond frequently impersonated the then commander-in-chief on "Saturday Night Live." Clooney stays close to politics as well, having just come off a successful fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign and his critically acclaimed "Ides of March."
Perhaps Harvey Weinstein has thought about this match-up before.
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